The 6th International Conference on Big Data for official statistics will take place from 31 August — 2 September 2020 as a virtual event due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The main theme of the Conference is “How can Big Data help in the COVID-19 response?” Related themes are: “How can Big Data support the monitoring of the progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals?” and “The need for global data collaboration on global emerging issues”.
The Conference is organized by Statistics Korea and the United Nations Global Working Group (GWG) on Big Data for Official Statistics, which was created under the UN Statistical Commission in 2014.
The GWG provides strategic vision, direction and the coordination of a global programme on the use of new data sources and new technologies, which are essential for national statistical systems to remain relevant in a fast-moving data landscape. Over the years the GWG produced guidance through Handbooks and training materials on topics such as use of satellite data for estimating agricultural crop statistics, use of mobile phone data for measuring tourism statistics or use of scanner data for calculating price statistics. The GWG also built a digital collaborative environment (called the UN Global Platform) to work together on new data solutions with the whole statistical community and to learn together.
Use of new data sources and new technologies, such as AI and machine learning, can make statistical operations more cost effective and provide timelier, more frequent and more granular statistical outputs, which is especially important to support rapid assessment of the COVID-19 situation and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its 231 SDG indicators. This conference will demonstrate how that is possible.